Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
Active Beers: 34
Beer Ratings: 1,300
Beer Avg: 3.62
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Ratings: 32 | Reviews: 24 | Display Reviews Only:
2.23/5 rDev -39.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3 | $$$
Hales is an OK place, but it you go during the busy times be prepared to have plenty of topics of conversation to use with your fellow patrons. It seems to be run with by a significantly large percentage of people who are incompetent. The hostess completely bypassed my name on the list to make us wait another 20 minutes beyond when we should have been seated. Then, once seated, it took another 25 minutes before menus were brought to the table or even an acknowledgment from the sever. Then the sever stopped by about every half hour of so to see if we needed anything. Overall, it took over two and a half hours to get a grand total of three beers and one grilled cheese to a party of two people. Pathetic. I wasn't the only one suffering through a ridiculously long ordeal, everyone around me was having a similar experience. This last visit might have been the worst service I've ever had in any restaurant.
Hale's brews are usually just OK, they fit within the style intended, aren't terrible, but aren't good either. They're just OK. At $5 bucks a pint (not including tax), it seems a bit pricey considering there are much higher quality brews from just about every other brewpub in town, and those breweries charge less. Also, they only have one guest tap. A little more variety would be nice.
Food is decent, above average pub food that is just a touch overpriced. Portions are small, which would be fine if the prices were about $2-4 less per item.
The vibe is OK with plenty of wood in the pub and lots of exposed brew kettles and the such right in the entrance. In my opinion, that's the best part of the place. Too bad they don't produce a better product or service.
06-22-2008 00:30:24 | More by RoryGilmore
3/5 rDev -19.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$
Hale's is located about halfway between Ballard and Fremont on the northern side of the ship canal in Seattle. Kind of in a no-man's-land between two great Seattle neighborhoods, which really serves as a wonderful metaphor for the place in general.
Hale's brewpub is a nice-looking place to have a meal and a beer, and if you aren't terribly adventurous and want to find a fairly "safe" place to bring a group for dinner and a beer, give it a shot.
I'm not too high on Hale's beer, which sort of colors my experience every time I wind up here. I specifically say "wind up here" because I'm not sure I've ever actually planned on going to Hale's. It just seems like I wind up here when noone can decide where else to go for food and beer. It's sort of a twilight zone of beer indecision for me.
The bar area is best as there are nice leather chairs, a large wood bar, booths and all the other accoutrements. I always find myself thinking that a bar like this is a little out of place in Seattle. It's almost too nice, too clean...
There's a larger restaurant style seating section to the right of the entrance, which can handle pretty large groups, but I've never actually eaten in there.
The food here is not bad, but without much diversion from the standard pub fare. I'd actually come here for the food before I'd come here for the beer. Some people like Hale's beer, and I think they do pretty well around the area, but I think everything they make is mediocre.
Hale's is "Safe", which may be why I'm not thrilled with it. If it wasn't for the out of the way location, I'd think it was built to cater to out-of-town tourists who want a Seattle brewpub experience.
About as average as I can imagine - not bad, yet not great. 3's all around.
08-24-2005 16:55:18 | More by FirstMan
3.1/5 rDev -16.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$
Located just off a main road in north Seattle, this is a great brew pub to go relax at. I made a side trip here on my way to a baseball game and it started off the evening well. When you walk into the building the first thing you see is all of the brewing equipment. They have only a rail separating their lobby from their brewing operation. You can smell the beer being made and all along the rail they have descriptions of what youre looking at. Its a great way to give just a bit of information to the patrons with their brew pub experience. The dining room was off in a separate room with a glass wall separating the dining from the brewing. I would assume this is to cut back on the noise traveling between the two. The service was fine but there were not many people their when I was there. I didnt have much to eat but I ordered the nachos and they were fine. The food in general looked like your standard brew pub cuisine.
08-16-2006 18:28:08 | More by eballard
3.15/5 rDev -15.1%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
so, i wouldn't say this was my favorite place to hang out. it is cool to see and smell the beer being made, but besides that the atmosphere is pretty weak. their happy hour is nothing to brag about, in fact there are a handful of places i know that sell hale's beer cheaper then hales themselves. i have had some good experiences with the service and some bad ones, and i'd have to say the same about the food. However, there is nothing like having a pint of hale's straight from their taps. just something about getting their beer here makes it taste sooo much better. and because of that, i will come again, and again.
03-08-2011 20:26:07 | More by aaron12
3.3/5 rDev -11.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $
Not bad but not great.
It's a bit tough to place Hale's in the realm of Seattle beer spots. I think that most of Hale's offerings are solid beers that are much better than most of what you may find in your average restaurant but at the same time nothing is truly outstanding. Had their Belgian Golden Tripel (according to the server, it tasted as such but who knows) and was happy with it. The Troll Porter and Red Menace are good for their respective styles but I didn't find either to be amazing or knockout awesome.
In either case, I'm one of those schmucks who has to visit to know for sure so while Hale's isn't disappointing, it definitely isn't near the top of places you could go. I happened to be nearby, was hungry and there ya go. The El Jefe Weizen was good as well but again nothing to go apeshit over. If anything a great part of visiting Hale's is being able to pick up bombers of most of their beers for $3.50 apiece. I know these aren't outstanding but given what you pay fo ryour run of the mill beer that is a steal.
Again, not the best but worth a visit if you've exhausted your other destinations and are antsy.
09-09-2010 09:21:35 | More by TheStove
3.45/5 rDev -7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
Living in Ballard, I wanted to go here more often but in Seattle there are so many pubs with better food and cheaper prices. Blue cheese bacon burger I had was just okay and the bar tender was pretty rude. While in the middle of a conversation with a frend who I was explaining double ipa's and ipas to, he interrupted and "corrected" me. Not that it was bad information he was giving, but more his approach. They didn't have much special on tap though I did enjoy the Troll porter and Supergoose IPA. Again though, in Seattle there are so many better options. I would take a grimy place like Galway with their great tap selection and $6 chicken strips over Hale's anytime.
03-28-2011 04:10:26 | More by Nikokristiansson
3.45/5 rDev -7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
I have been here numerous times, all seasons and all hours for years. The food is always average across the board. The beer is good but not the best Seattle has to offer. Troll Porter and the Wee heavy are always good. Its a good day when Rudyards Rare is on tap. The staff is usually nice, sometimes you have to strive for conversation.When you walk in the self guided brewery tour is available. Upon walking in the bar is on the left. The prices have risen. $5.50 for a house IPA, OUCH! That is a California price for a average brew. I think Hales is stepping up the game with the SBW IIPA. They still need to lower them prices.
05-02-2010 23:36:02 | More by barleywinefiend
Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub in Seattle, WA
85 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.